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Jacob Behrends continued his mastery of Patoka’s lineup on Monday, striking out 14 Warriors during a 7-2 victory for Brownstown/St. Elmo.
It was the second straight strong start against the Warriors after Behrends picked up 22 strikeouts this past September during the championship game of the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament.
Freshman Landon Feezel and sophomore Noah Flowers each had two-run singles, and senior Dustin Lawson and junior Drake Hall each also drove in a run for the Bombers (2-1).
Patoka (1-4) got doubles from seniors Johnnie Clift and John Houston, and sophomore Shane Cain, but could only muster five hits off of Behrends.
The Warriors committed seven errors in the fields, spoiling a complete game from freshman Mark Herrin, who had four strikeouts.
BSE’s game against North Clay was canceled on Tuesday due to the cold weather.
Monday, March 24
WP: Behrends (1-0); 7 IP, 14 K
LP: Herrin (0-1); 7 IP, 4 K
Bombers: Feezel, 1-for-3, 2 RBI; Flowers, 1-for-3, 2 RBI; Lawson, 1-for-3, RBI; Behrends, 1-for-3; Dalton Parks, 1-for-3; Hall, RBI.
Warriors: Clift, 2-for-2, 2B, 2 RBI; S. Cain, 1-for-4, 2B; Houston, 1-for-2, RBI; Herrin, 1-for-3.
The Aces opened the season in a big way last Tuesday, getting three home runs from junior Alex Goodin and a 23-0 three-inning win against Sandoval.
Goodin collected 10 RBI in the game, hitting three-run homers in the first and a three-home homer and a grand slam during a 15-run third.
Senior Nate Ketchem also homered as part of a 3-for-3 afternoon, driving home four runs in the game, and senior Dalton Crisman was 4-for-4 for the Aces (1-0).
From the mound, junior Derek Childress tossed a shutout, striking out three, walking three and allowing two hits.
Tuesday, March 18
Mulberry Grove 23
WP: Childress (1-0); 3 IP, 3 K
Aces: Goodin, 3-for-4, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 3 runs; Ketchem, 3-for-3, HR, 2B, 4 RBI, 3 runs, SB; Crisman, 4-for-4, 3 runs, SB; Noah Murray, 2-for-2, 3B, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 runs; James Willis, 2-for-4, 3 RBI, 2 runs; Michael Sloan, 2-for-4, RBI, 2 runs; Dawson Enloe, 1-for-1; Kyle Klawitter, RBI, 2 runs; Matt Korte, 4 runs.
The Lady Aces had a solid start to the season, picking up an unscheduled game against Ramsey and taking a 7-4 victory.
Junior Karissa Woody was 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, and senior Breann Tompkins allowed just two hits over the first six innings to lead Mulberry Grove (1-0) to the victory.
Sophomore Kylea Vohlken added a pair of singles for the Lady Aces, and junior Kayla Zimmerman scored twice.
For the Lady Rams (0-1), sophomore Skye Kimberlin was 2-for-4, with a double and a run, sophomore Megan Kimberlin was 2-for-3, with a double, and freshman Nicole Riley was 2-for-3, with a run.
Tuesday, March 18
Mulberry Grove 7
WP: Tompkins (1-0)
LP: Moreland (0-1)
Lady Aces: Woody, 3-for-4, 2 2B; Vohlken, 2-for-3; Zimmerman, 1-for-4, 2 runs; Kassidy Jolliff, 1-for-3, run; Kate Jolliff, 1-for-3, run; Katie Dugan, 1-for-1; Josie Koontz, 2 runs; Tompkins, run.
Lady Rams: S. Kimberlin, 2-for-4, 2B, run; M. Kimberlin, 2-for-3, 2B; Riley, 2-for-3, run; Monica Fogler, 1-for-3, run; Danielle Hill, 1-for-3, run.
The Lady Eagles started the National Trail Conference season with a victory.
St. Elmo/Brownstown hosted Dieterich on Monday, knocking off the Lady Maroons, 6-4, by rallying for four runs in the last two innings.
Senior Dani Austin paced the offense, with three singles and three RBI, and junior Audriana Pruett added a double and two RBI for the Lady Eagles (3-3, 1-0 NTC).
Monday, March 24
Lady Eagles: Austin, 3 1B, 3 RBI; Darby Moss, 2 1B, RBI; Pruett, 2B, 2 RBI; Tessa Philpot, 3B, 1B; Morgan Brown, 3B; Krystyn Fitch, 1B; Scholes, 1B.
Record: 3-3 (1-0 NTC)
The Lady Eagles took third at last Saturday’s Fairfield Tournament, recovering from being no-hit during pool play to beat Fairfield, 9-8, in the third-place game.
After beating Carmi, 4-2, in the opening game of the tournament, SEB was no-hit in a 21-0 loss to eventual champion Carterville.
Consistent scoring in the third-place game, however, helped SEB fend off Fairfield’s late comeback try.
Both teams scored twice in the first inning, and the Lady Eagles went ahead, 6-2, going to the bottom of the fifth.
Fairfield scored five times in that frame, but SEB came right back with three runs in the top of the sixth to secure the win.
Saturday, March 22
Lady Eagles: Audriana Pruett, 3 1B; Stephanie Calhoun, 2B, 1B, 2 RBI; Krystyn Fitch, 2 1B; Darby Moss, 3B, 2 RBI; Dani Austin, 1B, 2 RBI; Morgan Brown, 1B, RBI; Tessa Philpot, 1B.
Lady Eagles: Tiffany Austin, 2 1B, RBI; Brown, 3B, 3 RBI; Moss, 3B; Fitch, 1B.
SEB and Teutopolis held a slugfest last Thursday, with the Lady Shoes claiming a 20-10 victory.
It appeared T-Town was poised for a big win, take a 16-0 lead going to the bottom of the fourth, but the Lady Eagles (0-2) scored nine runs to get back in the game.
The Lady Shoes, however, would added four more runs in the fifth, and SEB could muster just one more in the bottom of the frame, ending the game by the run rule.
Thursday, March 20
Lady Eagles: Darby Moss, 3B, 1B, 3 RBI; Audriana Pruett, 2B, 1B, RBI; Morgan Brown, 2 1B, RBI; Kyrstyn Fitch, 2 1B, RBI; Dani Austin, 2 1B, RBI; Baylee Scholes, 1B; Tiffany Austin, RBI.
The Lady Cougars faced a stiff test in Monday’s season-opener, but had a respectable showing in a 13-3 loss to Mulberry Grove.
Junior Mia Campbell was 3-for-4, with a pair of doubles and an RBI, to lead South Central (0-1), and four others had a single.
Monday, March 24
Mulberry Grove 13
South Central 3
LP: Abby King (0-1); 6 IP, 4 K
Lady Cougars: Campbell, 3-for-4, 2 2B, RBI; Kanady Grzegorek, 1B, RBI, sac bunt; Bailey Ritter, 1B, RBI; Sierra Gunnels, 1B; Alannah Sigrist, 1B.